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Cooper, Sir Astley Paston: Draft paper

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0114 MS0231
Held at: Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Full title: Cooper, Sir Astley Paston: Draft paper
Date(s): Early 19th century
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 file
Name of creator(s): Cooper | Sir | Astley Paston | 1768-1841 | 1st Baronet | surgeon


Administrative/Biographical history:

Sir Astley Paston Cooper was born in Brooke Hall, Norfolk, in 1768. He was educated at home. He was articled to his uncle, William Cooper, senior surgeon at Guy's Hospital in London, in 1784. He lived in the house of Henry Cline, surgeon at nearby St Thomas's Hospital, whom he became apprenticed to instead. He became Cline's anatomy demonstrator in 1789, and he shared the lectures on anatomy and surgery with Cline, in 1791. He attended lectures by Desault and Chopart in Paris, in 1792. Cooper taught at St Thomas's and worked in dissections and lectured in anatomy and surgery, during the 1790s. A compilation of notes based on his lectures was published in 1820 titled Outlines of Lectures on Surgery, which went through many editions. From 1793 until 1796 Cooper was also lecturer in anatomy at the Company of Surgeons (after 1800 the Royal College of Surgeons). In 1800 his uncle, William Cooper, resigned as surgeon to Guy's Hospital and Cooper was elected to the post. He was elected professor of comparative anatomy at the Royal College of Surgeons in 1813-1815. He became a member of the court of examiners of the college in 1822, and he served as president twice, in 1827 and 1836. He was also a vice-president of the Royal Society, to whose fellowship he had been elected in 1802, and won the society's Copley medal. He was a member of the Physical Society at Guy's. the Medico-Chirurgical Society, and the Pow-Wow, a medical dining club started by John Hunter. He was created a baronet in 1821. He died in 1840.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir Astley Paston Cooper, early 19th century, comprising a draft paper written by Cooper, intended to be the introduction to a collective publication on the diseases of the thoracic duct. It is not signed by Cooper, but is thought to be in his handwriting.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

As outlined in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

By written appointment only.

Conditions governing reproduction:

No photocopying permitted.

Finding aids:

Additional manuscripts catalogue.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated by a relative of Sir Astley Cooper's brother, in 1997.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Papers of Sir Astley Cooper (MS0008); Lecture notes of Sir Astley Cooper's lectures taken by Thomas Egerton Bryant (MS0125), Thomas Appleby (MS0225), George Ramsey Rodd (MS0226), George Ray (MS0227), Richard Wilson Brown (MS0228), John Blackman (MS0230), and John Flint South (MS0232); and Letters and testimonials to Alexander Henry Bartlett (MS0229).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Anya Turner.
Source: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2004

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Sep 2008

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